Welcome to Gordano Valley Archers

COSE 2016 West of England Club of the Year

f23811c99d03543abe9480cf6.jpgWe are a very open and friendly Archery Club based on the edge of the Gordano Valley at The Downs School in Wraxall, North Somerset.

Our vision is to promote and develop the sport of archery and to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

We aim to achieve this by ensuring we have a highly motivated and professional team of coaches and officials dedicated to the principles of equitable practice.

The club is committed to providing archery as an all inclusive sport and actively promotes the sport as a Triple A sport for all the family. Triple A = All Ability Archery.

We shoot throughout the year on Sundays at our ground as well as having an indoor facility from October to March that we use on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings when the weather does not permit outdoor shooting.

Shooting times are:

Sundays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

09:00 to 10:00 – Set up range – Club Members
10:00 to 12:30 – Assembly beginners and club shoot.
12:30 to 13:00 – Take down range

Clout Range available for Club & Archery GB members – details on request

Indoor range available (weather dependent)

09:00 to 09:30 – Set up
09:30 to 12:00 – Beginners & Juniors Club Members
09:30 to 12:00 – Senior Members if spare capacity ( Members please set up on the landing)
12:00 to 12:30 –Take down range

Wednesdays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

Members Only  – Archery GB registered archers email for more information
(sorry no club bows are available)

18:15 to 20:30  Outdoor or Indoor range (weather and lighting dependent)

Please note for safety we do not allow all carbon arrows to be used on our outdoor ranges.

New Archery Stamp

Issued today as part of a set of stamps,  inspired of by accidental deathsapril 2019
in the 16th Century. Which included 7 deaths playing football, the first recorded handgun death, when the victim walked in front of the gun, not knowing what it was. The largest category by far  though, was archery with 56,  including this  unbelievable 1552 incident,  represented on the first class stamp.

One Henry Pert from Welbeck, managed to  shot himself in the head in 1552 when he drew the bow to full extent, planning to fire it straight up into the air,  the arrow lodged into the bow, he then lent over to have a look at the arrow when it fired.

More Information available on this story


coronavirusSorry not a new 3-D target for the club, but a rather annoying virus that you may of heard about on the news; Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Today, Monday 16 March, the Government’s scientific advisers have recommended against all but essential travel and that everyone should avoid social gatherings to help slow the spread of this new virus and protect  at risks groups.

Regrettably  we feel that we must cancel all Archery sessions until further notice.
[Update 17 March – Archery GB Suspends ALL Club Archery -For the foreseeable Future]

Unfortunately no indication has been given as to when this recommendation will be lifted, hopefully it will  not be to long and we will commence sessions as soon as possible and we notify you of any changes.

Update : 17 March – Message from Archery GB CEO PDF

Archery GB Update 19 March     HTML

Please remember to


and that you will stay safe and healthy

UK Government Advice

Postponed and Cancelled Events

no-archery12 April        – GVA Easter – Long Metrics – Cancelled 
12 April        –  Bath Archers – Spring Albion - Postponed

18 April        – Archery GB AGM – Postponed
19 April        – Cleve Archers 57th Annual Spring – Cancelled

23 April        – SCAA AGM – Postponed

26 April        – GVA All Saints #4 –  Postponed

25-26 April   –  Bath Archers – 2 Day  WA 1440 - Postponed

10 May        –  GVA Spring Clout  - Postponed

17 May        –  Archery GB Big WeekendScaled back – watch for  updates

24 May        – GVA All Saints # 3  - Postponed

6 June         – Cleve Archers Junior Open -TBC

14 June       – SCAA – Senior Outdoor Championship – Cancelled

27 June       – SCAA Junior Championship -TBC

Postponed -All Saints Challenge #3 


St Patricks’ Day Tournament. 

Unfortunately it has been such a wet winter, the range is soden, no one has managed to shoot outside this year and the forecast is not looking good for Sunday. Absolutely nothing to do with the  coronavirus.

With various holidays and numerous other tournaments, I’m afraid it will need to be a long postponement probably until the 24 May.  Details will be re-posted nearer the time.

St Patrick’s Day Tournament

All Saints Challenge #3 

Sun 15 March 2020st-patricks flag

09:00       Set Up
10:00 Assembly

Round:  Western Rounds

Admission accepted by submission of a
St. Patrick’s Score Sheet, Available on the day.

If you are not able to shoot the required distances for your category please shoot a  round that stretches you, but still enables you to compete.  The Tournament Organisers may set up ‘fun’ round(s) on the day if there are sufficient numbers. The two points attendance award for All Saints tournaments will apply for ALL competitors.

Please see Chris, Paul or any coach for more information or help on which round to shoot.